ISLANDERS AGED BETWEEN 25 AND 29 NOW ELIGIBLE FOR CORONAVIRUS VACCINATION

Adults aged between 25 and 29 across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will be invited for their COVID-19 jab from tomorrow (Tuesday).

Tuesday will mark 6 months since the launch of the biggest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS. More than 1.87m COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered locally to date and strong progress continues to be made, with 95% of people aged 40 and over across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight having received their first dose.

On the Isle of Wight, more than 174,000 vaccinations have been administered since the national drive started in December.

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The incredible achievement is testament to the continued hard work of dedicated colleagues and partners across the area, backed by an army of volunteers providing vital support.

Alongside GP-led vaccinations hubs on the island, the Riverside Centre, in Newport, which is led by Solent NHS Trust, will also have an alternative to the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine available shortly.

Adults aged between 25 and 29 will start to receive text messages inviting them to book an appointment to receive their COVID-19 vaccination from tomorrow morning (Tuesday).

Those who have already received their first vaccine are urged to get their second dose to ensure they are as protected as possible against the virus.

Alison Smith, Managing Director for Hampshire, Southampton and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

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“Thanks to the dedication and skill of those working across all our vaccination sites on the island, and the positive response of the island community, we have done a fantastic job in vaccinating so many people.

“In line with the change in JCVI guidance, both our GP-led hubs and the Riverside Centre look forward to vaccinating those aged 25 and over.

“If you receive an invitation from your GP practice then you can have your vaccination at one of our GP-led hubs. Or otherwise you can use the National Booking Service (NBS) either online or via 119 to book in at the Riverside Centre.

“If you can’t find an appointment via the NBS, then please do keep trying as more slots will become available over the coming days and weeks.

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“We thank everyone for their patience and for doing an incredible job in supporting this milestone vaccination drive.

“We are working hard to ensure everyone eligible receives their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination either through a GP site or the Riverside Centre by the end of July, as per the government target.”

When invited, people will be able to book to receive the COVID-19 vaccine via the National Booking Service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119.

Dr Nigel Watson, Clinical Lead for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, said:

“6 months on from the launch of the biggest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS, we’re delighted that more than 1.87m COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. We continue to make strong progress and remain on track to have offered every adult in our area a first dose of the vaccine by the end of July. Thank you to all of our colleagues, partners and volunteers whose outstanding continued efforts in delivering the vaccination programme locally are helping to save lives.

“I strongly encourage anyone eligible who has not yet made an appointment to do so as soon as possible. Getting the vaccine helps protect yourself, your loved ones and our communities against COVID-19. The first dose of the vaccines offer good levels of protection, but to get maximum protection everyone will need a second dose.”

Text invitations, which do not expire, appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’ and include a web link to the NHS website to reserve an appointment.

People who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab. People aged 39 and under who are eligible and pregnant women will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in line with updated JCVI guidance.

Even after you have had 2 doses of your vaccination, it’s still important to remember Hands, Face, Space, wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering, maintain social distancing.

If you develop any COVID-19 symptoms, such as a new continuous cough, high temperature or a loss in taste or smell, then please self-isolate and book in for a COVID-19 test via 119.

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Les
Les
8 days ago

When elderly and vunerables were jabbed,the people who’d actually die from it ..the untested longterm jab should of stopped then! Just keep it going where mostly people dont get ill or sick.flue jab isn’t taken up by lots and also kills.hysteria and obsession at its finest

fred
fred
Reply to  Les
7 days ago

The people of this age group may not have issues, but they SPREED IT!!! And more importantly they become a reservoir of infection that could allow the virus mutate into one we can’t control.

Stop comparing this to flu. You don’t see mass temporary graves in Central Park with flu out brakes or bodies washing up on river banks.

Catherine Johnson
Catherine Johnson
Reply to  fred
7 days ago

The vaccine doesn’t actually stop you getting the virus and it doesn’t stop you spreading it. It simply reduces the affects of the virus on the individual and can save lives – especially the elderly and vulnerable – that way. So, much the same as the anti-vaxxers spread misinformation, it’s also wrong to state that the vaccine stops the spread of the virus. It doesn’t.

Catherine Johnson
Catherine Johnson
Reply to  fred
7 days ago

And, Covid can be compared to flu in its effects. What was the last major world pandemic? Probably Spanish flu, just after the end of World War 2, which killed upwards of 60 million people worldwide. So, although it’s not the same virus, the effects can be compared. Obviously this pandemic is relatively minor in comparison to the Spanish Flu pandemic of the 1920s as we have nowhere near the same number of deaths worldwide.

Les
Les
Reply to  fred
6 days ago

Yawn…. speak when spoken too fool

MC hammer
MC hammer
Reply to  Les
3 days ago

Get your f’n jab and stop bloody moaning fool !

Les
Les
Reply to  Les
7 days ago

Standard sheep thumbs!

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